(KPRC) A Houston, Texas teenager is recovering after a shark encounter in Galveston.
She was bitten over the weekend on West Beach, one of the most popular spots on the island.
Mikaela Medina, 14, says she didn't know what happened at first; all she said is she felt something slam into her back. She didn't realize she had been bitten by a shark until she got back to shore.
"I came in, the water was murky, a lot of seaweed. Then I turned around, didn't see anything, didn't see blood or the shark or anything so I swam out. At first I didn't think it was much. I was like this could be a big deal so swam out as fast as I could. I was completely out of breath and I told my mom, I said, 'I think there is a shark out there,'" Mikaela said.
Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.